Yenching Auditorium, Yenching Library 2 Divinity Ave, Cambridge, M.A.
Nick Patterson, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard David Reich, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
Hosted by Michael McCormick, Francis Goelet Professor of Medieval History
The talk by two of the world’s leading specialists will explore the latest evidence from ancient and modern genetics, how that is transforming our understanding of ancient movements into and out of western Eurasia and what some implications might be for the origins of the human population structures of Europe.
The SoHP’s Isotopic Silk Road Project is investigating the science, economics, and archaeology of ancient silk, in the Roman and post-Roman world.
Silk was the first global commodity, traded in from China and elsewhere in Asia to the Mediterranean and well documented by hundreds of preserved textiles. Roman industrial espionage is supposed to have stolen the secret of silk from the Chinese and begun local production. Historians reckon the industry’s spread across western Eurasia a leading edge of pre-capitalist economic development. The origins of surviving textiles have...